On August 14, Thuan Nguyen, Thien Nguyen, Hung Pham and Truc Van Tran (pictured lower right) entered the novitiate during a ceremony at the Sacred Heart Novitiate chapel. Fr. Ed Kilianski, SCJ, provincial superior, received the new novices. Fr. Byron Haaland, SCJ, is novice master, and Fr. Andrzej Sudol, SCJ, is associate novice master.
“In 2011 I came in contact with the SCJs,” wrote Thien Nguyen, a novice from the Vietnamese District. “I was still at the university and the community life I found with the SCJs brought me a lot of fun and happiness. When I graduated, I was discerning a vocation to religious life, but decided to experience life, my degree and a new job. I earned good money and had a full life in the material sense but deep in my soul, I felt empty and unhappy. I struggled, but through prayer, I heard the call of God. I returned to the SCJs in 2015 to pursue my vocation.
“I now realize that God always accompanies me in my life, and I have received a lot of blessings. I am very happy with my decision to follow Jesus in my life. I always believe in God’s will and try to imitate the life example of Jesus and do the best that I can.”
Hung wrote that he is excited “to discover more about the SCJ Rule of Life. I would like to learn to be a prophet of love, a servant of reconciliation, and be attentive to humankind’s appeals through Dehonian spirituality.”
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